In a clear display of where the current Democrat party is leading America, presidential frontrunner Bernie Sanders defended some elements of former Cuban dictator Fidel Castro’s brutal regime.
Sanders, in an interview with CBS News’ “60 Minutes,” essentially pulled a ‘yea, Castro was bad, but look at the good things he did.’
“We’re very opposed to the authoritarian nature of Cuba but you know, it’s unfair to simply say everything is bad,” the Democrat socialist told Anderson Cooper.
“You know? When Fidel Castro came into office, you know what he did? He had a massive literacy program. Is that a bad thing? Even though Fidel Castro did it?”
Yea, chief, it does make a difference if the local library has Castro’s name on it or Mother Theresa, not the least of which is how it was likely built.
Bernie Sanders defends his 1980s comments about Fidel Castro in an interview on 60 Minutes. https://t.co/ySqvQKoiBU pic.twitter.com/lTwuXWp9sA
— 60 Minutes (@60Minutes) February 24, 2020
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Doubling Down on Praise For Castro
Sanders is actually doubling down on a video that had surfaced last year on social media, showing the Vermont Senator as the mayor of Burlington in 1986, recalling his excitement over Fidel Castro’s Cuban revolution.
In it, Sanders told a captive audience that he was “very excited when Fidel Castro made the revolution in Cuba,” adding “it just seemed appropriate that poor people were rising up against rather ugly rich people.”
This is what he wants for America.
These aren’t the only times Sanders’ radical views have been pronounced out in the open for everyone to hear.
He previously praised Castro as a forward-thinking leader who “educated their kids, gave their kids health care, totally transformed the society.”
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He has even openly praised bread lines.
Bernie, loves those breadlines….
Bernie Sanders Praising Bread Lines and Food Rationing https://t.co/9sKoVnOwYy via @YouTube
— Michael Cordo (@MikeCLV) April 25, 2019
Sanders, in the “60 Minutes” interview would later denounce President Trump for negotiating with hostile foreign nations.
“I do not think that Kim Jong Un is a good friend,” he opined. “I don’t trade love letters with a murdering dictator. Vladimir Putin, not a great friend of mine.”
Yea, but if Castro were still alive today Sanders wouldn’t be able to find a pen and paper fast enough.
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It didn’t take long for some of Sanders critics – which amounts to most of socialist-hating America – to respond to Sanders’ comments that Castro’s reign wasn’t all that bad.
“It really makes a difference when those you murder at the firing squad can read [and] write,” quipped Senator Ted Cruz.
Literacy is always a good thing in a totalitarian dictatorship.
You want to be able to read those 50 year old books donated to the prison library as you do your 15 year stint for being critical of the state. https://t.co/3Q9NBDHCwO
— Cory Morgan (@CoryBMorgan) February 24, 2020
Others noted that Florida, a typical swing state in presidential elections, would have an interesting reaction considering their population of Cuban exiles who fled Castro’s brutal ‘literacy program.’
For those who wish to rewrite history and offer glowing takes on Fidel, it’s good to remind those young impressionable minds that Castro was a sick, demented murderer. He killed tens of thousands of people and forced the country into wild impoverishment.
He imprisoned dissidents and imposed a one-party rule on the island nation.
You can’t simply dismiss that by saying ‘well, at least he let them read.’
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